New Roo

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by midwestchickenwrangler, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. midwestchickenwrangler

    midwestchickenwrangler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got my first roo and put him in with the girls. He is 9 months old and I'm not sure if he knows what to "do" yet, but I was watching him tonight for a few minutes and he acted like he wanted to mount one of the hens and my Giant Angora rabbit. I know I can just crack open an egg every now and then and look, but how long will it typically take for my hens to start laying fertile eggs?
     
  2. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    It may take him up to a year to reach peak fertility and make sure "everything goes where it belongs." Some breeds like Wyandottes and cochins have too much fluff that gets in the way. What breed is he? 9 months old is still the teenage boy stage. Wait for spring and he'll be able to romance the ladies better.

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  3. Savannah Poultry

    Savannah Poultry The Source

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    yeah it definitely depends on the breed. plus he is young but he'll "figure" it out haha
     
  4. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chickens are not tooo smart but he will Figure thet out! he is probably old enough noe to fertilize eggs.
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Once he perfects the act, the eggs will be fertile. If he is giving the rabbit a try, he's still at the "any port in a storm" stage. Doubt that he can impregnate the rabbit.[​IMG]
     
  7. midwestchickenwrangler

    midwestchickenwrangler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info. He is a Splash Silkie roo. I was hoping he would figure it out pretty soon so we could have Cadbury Eggs by Easter. haha
    I will check an egg every now and then to see how he is doing.
     
  8. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    Quote:Awww, he just thinks the rabbit is another silkie!
     
  9. BantamoftheOpera

    BantamoftheOpera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Awww, he just thinks the rabbit is another silkie!

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